Older Patients Have Worse Mortality, but Treatment Helps All Ages

Older Patients Have Worse Mortality, but Treatment Helps All Ages

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Older Patients Have Worse Mortality, but Treatment Helps All Ages

People over the age of 65 with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) have worse mortality outcomes than younger patients, but kidney failure is not greater in this group, according to a recent study. These worse outcomes were associated with lower levels of hemoglobin — the protein responsible for carrying oxygen in the blood — and with higher serum creatinine at the time of diagnosis, which is indicative of worse kidney function. However, treating patients with oral cyclophosphamide,…

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